Former Secretary General of Nigeria Football Association Alhaji Sani Ahmed Toro has frowned at one of the conditions the NFF wants Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr to agree before his contract could be renewed, Completesports.com reports.
President of Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick had in a recent television interview declared that Gernot Rohr’s contract will be renewed only if he agrees to new conditions that included being paid in Nigeria’s local currency
“I don’t have any problem with other conditions given to the coach but it is not appropriate to ask him to agree to be paid his salary in Naira, it is not right. It’s a subtle way of telling the coach that his time with the Super Eagles is up and his services are no longer required,” Toro said.
“Nigerian coaches have also worked outside the country and they were not paid in that country’s currency. I don’t know why it is just dawning on the NFF that Rohr should be paid in Naira and not in US dollars after three years in charge of the Super Eagles.”
Toro continued: “In my opinion, Rohr has done well for Nigeria, qualifying for two major competitions and winning bronze at the last AFCON in Egypt. His qualification records are excellent and I think he has learnt his lessons from the World Cup exit in the First Round. If you consider the fact that he achieved these from the scratch after two AFCON misses, you cannot but score him high.
“If the NFF no longer want the coach to continue, they should just be bold to tell him that his services are no longer needed and start looking for another coach. But if you ask me, I will suggest Rohr is retained for the AFCON in Cameroon next year.
“I will advise that the NFF should not rock our qualification boat by allowing Rohr to run out his contract. A new coach at this time of the qualifications will not augur well for the team and the bonding will be affected.
“I support his residing in Nigeria and watching league matches, but he should earn his salary in dollars,” Toro , a former House of Representative member concluded.
By Richard Jideaka, Abuja
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